American violinist Ruggiero Ricci dies aged 94

  • U.S. violinist Ruggiero Ricci has died of heart failure at the age of 94, according to magazine The Strad.

    Ricci was best known for his association with Paganini and was often referred to as the Paganini of the 20th Century.

    Born in San Francisco in 1918, he took up the violin at the age of six.

    He made his recital debut in his home city in 1928 and went on to study in Berlin.

    Ricci made his European debut in 1932, playing in London with Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

    That same year, he played for Albert Einstein at the California Institute of Technology.

    Over the course of his career, Ricci performed more than 5,000 concerts across 65 countries.